Finally, Google Maps has brought Motorbike Mode to the African roads; albeit in a somewhat beta mode as it is not available in all the country. Well, it is not even available in most of the countries; except for Kenya.
Motorbike mode as the name suggests is a Google Maps navigation mode tailored for commuting on the two-wheelers. Previously, users in Africa had to make do with routes tailored for automobiles. Sometimes the routes were longer and took you across heavy traffic, things commuters on motorbikes can easily avoid by riding the narrow paths.
This development also comes as good news to ‘boda boda’ (motorbike taxis) operators in the country. They will now be able to use the full potential of Google Maps on Kenyan roads complete with the turn-by-turn voice navigation for safety.
“Every day we make decisions about where to go, how to get there when to set out; and Google Maps can help with these choices. The motorbike or ‘boda boda’, has become a popular way to get around in Kenya with over a million Kenyans using motorbikes as their preferred mode of transport.
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